Re: How to have password shown?
Fingerprints are a good option
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jonas Smedegaard" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "debian-user" <email@example.com>
Sent: Wednesday, July 3, 2019 3:00:04 PM
Subject: Re: How to have password shown?
Quoting firstname.lastname@example.org (2019-07-03 14:12:22)
> On Wed, Jul 03, 2019 at 11:24:54AM +0000, Rodolfo Medina wrote:
> > Is there any a way to have my user-password shown when logging into
> > Debian in tty console, or also within X system when changing to
> > root? It is for my old father... it'd be easier for him to see
> > what he's typing. In internet I found some procedures to have
> > asterisks shown; would it be possible to have a clear text as well?
> > Maybe it isn't as I understand...
> I think /bin/login isn't set up to allow that (at least that's what a
> cursory reading of its man page tells me). I fear the only way for you
> would be to modify its source and recompile...
I am aware that I am not really addressing the original poster's
question, but possibly helpful anyway:
I can suggest to consider options where typing a password is replaced by
presence of something physically, using packages like these:
libpam-biometric / libpam-fprintd - fingerprint
libpam-blue - bluetooth device
libpam-p11 / libpam-pkcs11 / libpam-poldi - smartcard
libpam-ssh-agent-auth - user-to-root access
libpam-yubico / libpam-u2f - hardware dongle
libpam-script - custom routine
I am curious which solutions you end up with for your father, as I am
working on streamined¹ setup of similar use cases.
I would also appreciate constructive² opinions and feedback from anyone
experienced with these various ways of sidestepping password-based
¹ See https://box.redpill.dk/ if curious
² Posts blindly assuming that all Debian must be treated as a fortress
will be silently deleted
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